Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway


Today's exclusive giveaway is from Shabby Apple, a boutique clothing company specializing in women's and little girls dresses.  Their clothing is comfortable, modest, and super-stylish!

When I was contacted by Shabby Apple about doing this giveaway, I was given a list of dresses to choose from and I selected the one pictured above, Spanish Steps.  One lucky The Cottage Home reader will win this dress (in their selected size, of course).  How awesome is that?  This is a gorgeous piece that I think any woman would be happy to have in her wardrobe. 


I absolutely love this dress and I wish I had it in my closet.  It has a great vintage feel about it and can be dressed up with a pair of heels for church or dressed down with a sweet cardigan and a pair of flip-flops.  I also thought the lines on this dress would be very figure flattering on many different body types.  The tie around the waist will accentuate curves and the top would be flattering on all different bust sizes.

Here's the description of the "Spanish Steps" dress from Shabby Apple:

Some things are just better together: peanut butter and chocolate, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, Rome and Vespas.  We decided to pair two things we love—the soft, cotton jersey of our favorite t-shirt, and the gorgeous sateen of the dresses of yesteryear—to create the Spanish Steps, an indispensably comfortable-yet-elegant summer frock.  A luxe jersey cap sleeve top is gathered at the waist with a wide satin sash, and a veritable bouquet of appliqu├ęd, ruched flowers and leaves adorns the full sateen skirt that swirls just below your knee.  A truly inspired combination,the Spanish Steps has star potential. Dress made from Pont de Roma knit with a matte satin skirt made of a poly rayon spandex blend.


One of my favorite features on the Shabby Apple website is the "shop by body type" tool.  They ask you a series of questions, determine your body type and then pull a group of dresses perfectly fitted for you.  Shopping online can be a little tough so their style tools definitely ease the anxiety over wondering if something is going to work for you or not.



In addition to the beautiful women's clothing, Shabby Apple also carries a line of dresses for little girls as well as maternity.  I think the dress above is just adorable.  The colors are so pretty and the wrap style dress is timeless.

Shabby Apple is also offering The Cottage Home blog readers an exclusive 10% off discount code to be used on any purchase in their store.  Enter THECOTTAGEHOME10OFF at checkout. 

So here's how to enter to win the "Spanish Steps" dress:

One entry per person - leave a comment and let us know where you might wear this dress.  
**Open to US residents ONLY**  
Giveaway will be open until Wednesday, April 6 at midnight (CST).

To find out more about Shabby Apple and learn about exclusive sales and discounts, check them out on FACEBOOK.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Sponsor and Giveaway - Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops


When Terri, owner of Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops, contacted me about becoming a sponsor of The Cottage Home blog, there was no question in my mind - it was an absolute, yes!

Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops in an online store that has one of the largest selection of boutique sewing patterns around.  Terri has impeccable taste and her selections of patterns, fabrics and notions are top-notch.  She carries many of the fabrics and patterns that I use for my sewing projects.  It's hard to believe that one shop has it all, but Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops does! 

Many of you have emailed me about patterns and I am telling you this - go check out Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops!  There are so many different options from children's sewing, to adults, to accessories.  And while your there, pick out some fabric to use with your beautiful pattern.

Here are a few of the patterns that caught my eye while browsing Terri's shop:


I'm loving this apron skirt and embellished tank top.  I think this would be adorable for Spring!



And what about this "Huck Finn" hat for a little boy?  Can we say A-dorable!


This Amy Butler bag is just beautiful.  I love the fabrics and the simple lines of this bag.


I think this coat might be calling my name.  I don't do a ton of sewing for myself, but I might just take the time to make myself this one.


And this, well this just had The Cottage Mama written all over it!  Love the A-line top and the ruffle bloomers!!


And finally, what about this amazing "sewing kit" for an Easter dress.  This kit comes with the pattern AND the fabric to make the dress.  It doesn't get a whole lot easier than that.

Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops has hundreds of patterns to choose from.  Terri is giving away one pattern (of your choice) to TWO of The Cottage Home readers.

Here's how to enter (leave a separate comment for each entry):
1) Visit Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops, come back and leave a comment telling us what pattern you would choose if you won.
2) For a second chance to win, become a fan of Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops on Facebook.

Giveaway will be open until Friday, April 1, 2011 at midnight (CST).  Two winners will be selected.  Each winner will get to choose a pattern of their choice.